It’s that time of year once again, as game enthusiasts around the world look to Los Angeles for all the newest details and world exclusive reveals of their most coveted titles. One look at last year’s best games shows that there’s no shortage of high profile games to keep an eye on, but with even more looking to fight for attention at E3 2011, it’s going to be a busy week.

Games won’t be the only stars of the show, as Sony’s NGP and Nintendo’s next console are set to turn a few heads at the expo as well. We’re more than looking forward to seeing how well Sony can give the 3DS a run for its money, and just what kind of next-gen system Nintendo has been working on secretly.

But games are where the show begins and ends, and with more then any one person could possibly see in the week of E3, the Game Rant crew has set down the ten (confirmed) games that we’re most looking forward to at E3 2011. We’ve got our reasons, and we think you’ll agree that any one of our choices has a serious chance to steal the show:

Most Anticipated Games E3 2011 Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3

For many gamers, Mass Effect 2 was their 2010 “game of the year.” Not only did the title deliver a bigger and more beautiful gameplay experience, it opened the franchise up to many players who were intimidated by the intricate RPG mechanics of the original title. However, die-hard fans of the original game (read our review), weren’t as pleased as newcomers – leaving a large chasm between fans of the series.

Fortunately, BioWare has been hard at work on Mass Effect 3, the third and final installment in Commander Shepard’s Mass Effect storyline – and the changes the developer has been teasing certainly hint at a title that can successfully balance the action and and RPG elements that fans new and old have come to expect. Not to mention wrap-up the various relationships, love-interests, and other player specific story-beats that some fans have been developing for the last four years.

While it was certainly a disappointment to hear Mass Effect 3 get bumped to early 2012, given the enormous number of Holiday 2011 games on the market – we’re excited to be able to take our time with the game when it finally releases. In the mean time, we’re especially excited to see whatever BioWare is willing to show us at E3 2011.

Most Anticipated Games E3 2011 Skyrim

Skyrim

There have been countless open-world games released over the past few years. Still, in the realm of fantasy, the first series that comes to most gamers’ minds is that of Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls. November 11 marks the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the next installment of the series and one of the most anticipated titles of the year.

Rather than simply rehashing the previous games, Skyrim looks to expand on these elements with a new leveling system and increased diversity in dungeon design just to name a few.  One of the most exciting new features that will be present is the focus on the world’s folklore. This means that legendary creatures such as mammoths and saber-tooth tigers will roam the world, as well as massive dragons.

Hopefully gamers will get a better look at the dragons of Skyrim come E3 2011. Not only is their importance to the game’s story interesting, but gamers everywhere are itching to see the might of the dragons in real gameplay. Whether this includes the player fighting for survival against one of an “unlimited” number of dragons or the scaly beasts terrorizing one of the game’s five major cities, it should be enough to tide them over until the game’s release.

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